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The Longmont Leader accepts op-eds for publication from community members, business leaders and public officials on local topics. Do you have something you would like to share about the community? Is there a topic that you are particularly passionate about? Let us know. 

To submit a contribution, email info@longmontleader.com. Publication will be at the discretion of the editor and published opinions do not represent the views of The Longmont Leader or its staff.

Ask the Introvert: Working your way is secret to innie career success

Ask the Introvert: Working your way is secret to innie career success

"While I can’t speak for the often-mysterious ways of hiring managers, I do think that how, when and where we work can make a job more appealing to introverts"
Get Growing: March is time to start more seeds indoors and out

Get Growing: March is time to start more seeds indoors and out

We’re getting warmer weather every now and then, but we’re not out of the woods yet. While you can attempt to plant a few things outside — with row coverings to keep in warmth at night — you’ll still want to start seeds inside.
Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

Capitol Letters: Bipartisanship still exists. This bill is one example

"In this time of hyper-partisanship, HB21-1139 makes a good parable about participatory democracy. It is a matter that can be discussed by a diverse group civilly, and on which people can question each other without rancor and even change their minds. It’s a good reminder that we don’t have all the answers."
Colorful Characters from Longmont’s History: William DuBois’ vendetta leads to murder and his own death

Colorful Characters from Longmont’s History: William DuBois’ vendetta leads to murder and his own death

“The story of William Dubois is a good example of how different perspectives lead to quite different histories. His friends thought that he was unjustly persecuted by local leaders.  Those leaders thought he was an outlaw and a cold-blooded murderer. In the end, we know that both Ed Kinney and William Dubois died violent deaths, and their friends mourned their passing.”
Ask the Introvert: Innies have a language all their own

Ask the Introvert: Innies have a language all their own

Just as introverts process information differently (looking at you, naturally ruminative prefrontal cortex), our working definitions of popular words are positively different, too.
Get Growing: Now's the time to plan for weed control and watering

Get Growing: Now's the time to plan for weed control and watering

Those pesky weeds are likely going to be your biggest challenge. You will have weeds growing and they generally grow fast and furious, crowding out everything around them.
Ask the Introvert: Five movies to treat  yourself to this Valentine's Day

Ask the Introvert: Five movies to treat yourself to this Valentine's Day

For your quiet enjoyment, here are five lovely things to watch today, whether you’re a Valentine’s Day fan or hater.
Get Growing: Sure it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't get your urban farm crops started inside

Get Growing: Sure it's cold outside, but that doesn't mean you can't get your urban farm crops started inside

Planting a seed is simple but there are two important things to keep in mind: Don’t plant the seeds too deep and don’t overwater your seedlings. 
Ask the Introvert: Talk to yourself in the languages of love

Ask the Introvert: Talk to yourself in the languages of love

Longtime marriage counselor Gary Chapman identified five ways his clients gave and received love. Introverts can use those same languages to express self-love.
Get Growing: Turn your food scraps into garden gold

Get Growing: Turn your food scraps into garden gold

Composting via a traditional compost pile really isn’t hard to do, and the best way to compost is to dig some holes straight into the ground.